Essay on A Clean, Well Lighted Place By Ernest Hemingway

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"A Clean, Well-Lighted Place", written by Ernest Hemingway, is a story about three men who each are at a nice café with different live are all unhappy. Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois and then moved to Paris in 1922 (165). He was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist and published "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" in 1933 (165). The story is a fiction story in which the author tells his readers how he feels about the world and it’s never ending miseries. Throughout the dialogue, Hemingway explains how having a nice place to go to will not make you happy, and uses his sad characters to demonstrate his point. He states that there is no god and there is nothing after life. In Hemingway 's story "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place", his literary elements of style, setting, and characters reveal the authors perspective on the theme, misery as never ending.
Hemingway wrote with a direct style and we see this through the dialogue throughout the story. For instance, when the old man first arrived at the bar the two waiters watched him very close from the beginning. They knew he was a good client, but they also knew “if he became too drunk he would leave without paying” (166). Another example of his direct style is when the two waiters were talking, the young waiter said that the old man should have killed himself; then, he walked over and told the old man “You should have killed yourself last week” (166). The young waiter also said, “I don’t want to look at…

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